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The Aftermath: We were all correct

by David Haber

Sometime a week before Book 7 came out, someone commented that Harry would die, but then come back. I think most everyone on the site thought it was a silly idea. But I told several people at that time that I thought that just might be the perfect solution, although I couldn't figure out how J.K. could make it work. J.K. did, of course! So, the half of the Harry Potter fans in the world who thought Harry would die were right! And the other half who thought he would live were also right!

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anyone else think ron n hermione were too cute? that was awesome.

Posted by Ashlyn from Miami, Florida on July 22, 2007 3:26 PM

And to Dave Haber:
You are the coolest. Thank you so much for making this site, it has helped me out so much. You have opened my mind up to the wonderful world of theory-making, because before I came to, I didn't dive deep into the text, I just took it for what it was. You have helped me to save Sirius and Dumbledore, and even though I know they are , I feel a lot better about it. Thank you for making!
And thanks to every single person who ever posts on this site, you have helped me a lot too!

And one more thing: what was up with Snape? Finally Harry likes him and trusts him, and BAAAM! Now he's . That is so sad! oh well. But I liked Snape from the beginning.
And the scene at King's Cross with Dumbledore is probably going to be a Potter Puppet Pals episode.. naked Harry carrying on a conversation with Dumbledore....

But how did Harry come back to life? Only the possesser of the Hallows can overcome , and Harry was only the true possesser of the Cloak, that's it. The wand belonged to Malfoy, and the Stone... I'm not sure who it belonged to but it wasn't Harry!

Posted by Ashley R. from Missouri on July 22, 2007 3:29 PM

Ah! One more thing:

About the Horcruxes: The last one that they find (once again taking an astonishingly short amount of time to find and destroy) is Ravenclaw's diadem. Now. We know that Voldemort went to great lengths to protect his Horcruxes. He placed the locket in a potion-filled basin in the middle of a lake filled with corpses in a cave that was sealed off and practically impossible to find. He put another one (the cup) in one of the most highly-protected vaults in Gringott's. Does it not seem strange, then, that this diadem was just, you know, chillin' in the Room of Requirement, with no protective spells to keep others from finding it? Remember, in book 6, Harry actually picks it up and puts it on that dummy head to help remind him where his Potions book is hidden. Are we really supposed to believe that this is how Voldemort chose to protect a portion of his soul? Hmm.

Posted by Emily from Chicago, IL on July 22, 2007 3:31 PM

I was so heartbroken when hedwig d, it was so sad. And then a second after, Mad-eye. Good thing hagrid survived, wouldnt have got through him passing away.
All in all a magnificent book to end a legendary series which surely remembered as a classic of our time, and rise to the side of other memorable sagas like Lord of the rings.

PS. Was nice living in japan at the current time, they dont here take release dates too seriously (although i really believe it was just a mistake), because they sent the to me book by post a day early (20th) You cant imagine the feeling when got it, Jumping around madly then settling down in my chair, and staying there for he following 12-13h only o get some coffee in between.

Posted by Ville A. from Japan on July 22, 2007 3:33 PM

I'm really disappointed with the ending. What happened to Luna? What happened to everyone else? And I guess I missed the part where Tonks d. I thought it was her dad that d. If Tonks was the one wouldn't Teddy be living with Harry? And what jobs did the take on? Is there a need for aurors? The book was great but I'm just confused on some things. And I missed it. Who was the muggle that did magic?

Posted by amber from jacksonville fl on July 22, 2007 3:34 PM

I have a question: If Gellert Grimblewald had the "unbeatable wand", how did Dumbledore beat him to take it?

He wasn't ed... which goes against the lore that the want only passed by ing the previous master.

Hole in the plot?

Posted by R502 from Albania on July 22, 2007 3:36 PM

My only complaint is this:
Fred and George should have lived or d TOGETHER. The magical twins, who were identical down to the last freckle and completed each other's sentances, should never have been separated by . I would have preferred that they both go down fighting, as long as they were together.

Posted by Mobius from Denver, CO on July 22, 2007 3:38 PM

If I could have picked one person to take down Bellatrix Lestrange, it would definitely have to be Mrs. Weasley. And I love the way she did it too! O my gosh, I was cracking up laughing, and I had to go back and find that quote several times, it was just so hysterical! I mean, she has flipped out more than a few times, but never on anyone else but her sons and her husband: to imagine her screaming at Bellatrix was just too funny. I cannot wait to see her do that in the movie!
She BETTER deliver that line in the movie.
And one question still haunts me:
We have read all seven books. We have seen all five movies. Now what should we do? There's only going to be two more movies, and after that, what's going to happen? No more Harry Potter!
And I am definitely not going to let my children grow up without Harry Potter. Okay so I don't have kids yet (hello only 13 here), but! My family is not going to be Potterless, despite the fact that I was the one who lived through this era...
I mean, it's not like its disco or anything from my mom's generation.... eew!

Posted by Ashley R. from Missouri on July 22, 2007 3:40 PM

I loved it! I thought she did a really great job of wrapping everything up. It wasn't all neat and tidy...there were some heartaches involved. But in the end, good defeated evil and it was well worth the roller coaster ride.

I, too, was wondering about Neville and the sword. But, I think the points brought up here that he was TRULY a Gryffindor and the hat was able to summon the sword to help him in his time of need make a lot of sense.

Another of my favorite parts in the battle of Hogwarts was when Neville's grandmother showed up:

"He's fighting," said Harry.
"Naturally," said the old lady proudly. "Excuse me, I must go and assist him."

Loved it!

Posted by Ginger from Texas on July 22, 2007 3:40 PM

im still sad over dobby's , i have always loved him, my fave one out of the lot, and hated the movies for not adding him in. they have to add him in the last 2 movies, it wouldnt be right...
can someone tell me who performed magic later on in life? and the book cover, wouldnt that be harry jumping up for the elder wand?
i do agree with ashley that it seemed like she been reading this site to get her answers even tho i still love the book, but everything there u knew was going 2 happen at the last min... i wish it wasnt the end as what do i do now...and dont u thing fred and george was funnier than ever..what was the point of percy i dont get that..

Posted by draco lover from England on July 22, 2007 3:40 PM

Wow, I picked the book up at 12:01AM at my local Bookstore and finished it Sunday afternoon. I had certain obligations I had to fulfill Saturday, which required me to be in public and I was always at the ready to run if I heard anybody discussing the book for fear others had already completed it and I would find out how it ended.

It was weird to read the book and have it come out largely as so many had predicted. I found myself saying "Well, yes, we sort of knew that already" such as Aberforth being the barman, and Harry being a Horcrux.

I still have tons of unanswered questions and I didn't feel the epilogue covered everyone.

Where is Luna? (Did she and I missed it?)
Where are the rest of the Weasley's?
Who raised Teddy Lupin? Harry was his Godfather, but it doesn't seem he was raised by Harry.
Who is the girl Teddy was snogging? A cousin of the Weasley children, but who did she belong to?
What was the veil in HBP, and who were the people that we heard talking?

I'm sure I think of more later. For now, I must leave.

Posted by Amy S. from P. Kentucky on July 22, 2007 3:43 PM

I thought the ending was appropriate. You guys forget this is a Children series not an adult one.

It had to happend this way. I loved the all of the HP books. I am so sorry it had to end.

I agree with most of you: what does Harry, Ron and Hermion do for a living? What was the power that Harry had that Voldy did not? Love? I thought it had something to do with the department of mysteries? what about the Veil in the department? that was never explained?

Snape/Dumbledore story lines were brilliant. I knew it Snape is Dumbledore man through and through. Brilliant.

The of Voldy was anti-climatic...but I love that the great battle was at Hogwarts. Brrilliant.

R.I.P. Fred, Dobby, Hedwig, MadEye, Tonks, Lupin...

Posted by Cinnabana from Tampa, FL on July 22, 2007 3:50 PM

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